I am involved in national and local monitoring and surveys to establish baseline population figures or trends of species including red and black-throated divers, common scoter, merlins, hen and marsh harrier, upland birds, bearded tit, twite and ring ouzel with data collection on habitat and/or productivity in most of these projects.
My research work has mainly focused on identifying causes of declines in winter and breeding farmland birds (with regard to habitat and agri-environment schemes), bean geese habitat preference, goldeneye nest box use and success and breeding common scoter loch preference to identify causes of declines and inform conservation solutions. Tern nesting success was studied to assess the effectiveness of mink eradication. I participated in research on wintering redshank predator avoidance strategies, worked for RSPB Investigations Department and drafted RSPB species and habitat advisory leaflets.
I am currently involved in research into the effectiveness of different methods of restoring blanket bog on areas of forestry plantations to benefit breeding waders and other important bog species. I'm also identifying aquatic invertebrates and ageing trout for the Scoter and Trout Management Project.
- 1986 to present: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Icelandic-breeding Goose Census
Senior Research Assistant (Out-posted), Conservation Science
Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH